Of cuisine, candlelight and cottages
Canada’s first lady of food reboots her list with 50 cheap and 50 expensive restaurants
Five years ago we put our resident critic Joanne Kates to the ultimate test with our list of the 100 best restaurants in the city.
Composing such a list would be a daunting task for any other critic, but Kates has decades of experience under her belt. There is nothing she hasn’t seen, or eaten. With her trademark undercover hat on overdrive, she has plowed her way through the best of the best to bring us a discerning list year after year.
Toronto’s dining scene has evolved dramatically since we began the Kates 100. Now, down-market bistros are serving up incredible fare that rivals the best fine dining restaurants. It’s an ongoing battle of casual versus classy. So we made the move to split the list into two: one list for the best “spend a lot” and one for the best “spend a little.” The names and prices might surprise you. Please, let us know what you think of this new format. Also this month, John Sewell pens a column on the disappointment that eager Toronto families are feeling in the city after their attempts to help refugees from Syria have not gone according to plan. Karen Stintz writes about the vertical school trend, and, with cottage season right around the corner, we check out the latest multimillion-dollar offerings on the two big Muskoka lakes — Rosseau and Joseph — to find out whose glam cottage scene reigns supreme.
Jeanne Beker kicks off our life section by putting together four amazing new looks for mom. Monika Schnarre checks out a new candlelit exercise class, and we chat with newly minted Toronto Maple Leafs player Brooks Laich and his fiancée, actress Julianne Hough, in our How They Met column.
In arts, with the incredible success of Toronto R& B phenom the Weeknd, we check out five up-and-coming artists that are looking to follow in his footsteps. In addition, acclaimed stage and screen sensation Cynthia Dale tells us about five books that made a difference in her life. And Jason McNeil chats with hot new band Midnight Shine from Attawapiskat in town for Canadian Music Week this month.